During the Clay County Commissioners' Monday meeting, three Clay County residents shared concerns of area road conditions.
Charlie Cook spoke with the commissioners about poor ditching on County Road 200 W, between CR 700 N and CR 800 N.
"I know we have the equipment to dig ditches," Cook said. "I know materials is about nonexistent because of budget restraints, but it looks to me like it's a matter of some manpower. I think long-term, it would save the roads and save taxpayers' money."
"I'm really not complaining about the road conditions..." Cook said. "But if you can save what you have by getting rid of the water that stands on the road and you got the equipment, I don't know why you wouldn't do it."
Clay County Commissioner President Charlie Brown said he spoke with Clay County Highway Department Supervisor Pete Foster.
"We're going to be ditching part of that road," Brown said. "We should be starting within the next couple weeks."
Another citizen also discussed ditching problems with the commissioners.
Scott Sawyer is concerned about CR 300 N, in Poland.
"The problem starts to the east of my driveway," Sawyer said. "My neighbor doesn't have a culvert in their driveway. I would like the county to put a culvert there."
He said in the wintertime, the water goes across the road and freezes into a sheet of ice. Sawyer is concerned for the safety of his son who has to get on the school bus in the mornings.
"We have a lot of work to do down there," Brown said, adding the county doesn't have the funding to buy the tubes for the culvert, but they can do the work. Sawyer said he would buy the tube if he needed to.
"You have a major problem there; you got water coming off those fields down there," Brown said. "I'm sorry it's gotten in this condition ... We're doing the best we can to catch up with this stuff."
Another resident, Kelly Moore, spoke with the commissioners about CR 300 W and CR 300 N, a mile south of State Road 42. She had spoke previously with Brown about getting rock for the roads.
"They brought rock, and it's pathetic," Moore said. "It's not even enough to cover up the holes. You can see the mud because there's not enough rock there to cover it." Moore said she was concerned about the dust, mud and how the roads tear up vehicles.
Brown said he would go look at the roads again and see if they need more rock.
"If we need to get you more rock, I'll get you some more rock," he said. "We're playing catch up right now. Just be patient with us."
Meanwhile, Randy Staley approached the commissioners once again concerning an environmental audit of the Clay County Health Department.
"The State would come in and go through the permitting process to make sure it is in compliance," Staley said. "If you're not, they make suggestions on how to get you into compliance, and there is no charge for this."
Attorney Eric Somheil said he doesn't see any reason why the Health Department wouldn't want to do the audit. However, Staley said, for whatever reason, the health department is not cooperative in having an audit done.
"I don't know if there even is a problem," Brown said. "You seem to think there is, and that's fine. But they seem to think there's no problem there. So could we justifiably ask for an audit? I don't know."
Brown was told during the commissioners' meeting that the next Board of Health meeting is in April, however, a specific date has not been set.
"Are you saying that the Board of Health is not in compliance with State regulations?" Commissioner Jack Withers asked Staley.
"Basically, from what I've seen, I've had some interesting observations," Staley said. "I think we need to make sure we know what the regulations are. They just changed effective Jan. 1."
He said that people on the Board of Health are saying they've already had an audit done, but Staley says the State doesn't have a copy of it.
"They say they have one, but no one knows anything about it," Staley said. "The more I get into this, the more questions I see."
The commissioners meet the first Monday of every month at 9 a.m.